Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Album Review: The Black Keys - 'Turn Blue'

A open letter to an ex-wife

 A month and a half after the release of the first single 'Fever', The Black Keys have released their eighth studio album 'Turn Blue'.  This has been there longest stint between albums with it being almost three years after 'El Camino' came out and made them arena touring megastars.  'Turn Blue' doesn't quite have the tempo the Keys set out to create from 'El Camino', but it sure has the funk.  Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney talked about the tracks on 'El Camino' as being written "to play live".  'Turn Blue' might have the opposite or at least completely different feel.  The Keys have mentioned its more of a "headphones type album" meaning its a throw the vinyl on, throw the headphones on, sit back, relax and enjoy the experience of the 45 minute album to completion.  It is a full album, song by song.  Not a 'hit single' album.  Although 'Fever' has a catchy tune and up-tempo beat, most of the rest of the album is deep and dark, with lyrics clearly generated from Auerbach's recent divorce.  The Keys decided in fact that they are at a point in their career where they can do anything they want.  They did with 'Turn Blue'.  Let's review the album, song by song and see how it matches up to their previous work...